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Poster: parallax7 Date: Feb 15, 2007 4:10pm
Forum: computerchronicles Subject: Computer Chronicles Initial Year?


I have come across an interesting issue and was wondering if someone could help clarify the facts? The main Computer Chronicles page here at states that the series started in 1983 and lasted for twenty years (till 2002) being presented by Stewart Cheifet. But some sources on the net seem to contradict this stating that Jim Warren was its founding host backdating the Chronicles back to at least 1981. I typed ‘"computer chronicles" jim warren’ into google and came up with some hits:
Quote: “The series was created in the Fall of 1981, by Stewart Cheifet, then the station manager of the College of San Mateo's KCSM-TV, initially broadcast as a local weekly series. Jim Warren was its founding host for its 1981-1982 season. It aired continuously from 1981 to 2002…”
Quote: “He hosted PBS television's "Computer Chronicles" series for their first two seasons (originated at the College of San Mateo's KCSM-TV, Channel 60, 1981-1982)”
Quote: “He was also the founding host for the PBS Computer Chronicles television series…”
Quote: “Warren was founding host of PBS television's "Computer Chronicles" series (1981-1982)…”

But after looking at the companion book to the series written by Herbert (H. D.) Lechner in 1984 titled “The Computer Chronicles,” in the preface (Page xv, dated March 1984) he writes “’The Computer Chronicles’ [book] can be used alone, with a video course supplement, or with the 26-episode television series shown on the Public Broadcast System” and the front cover of the book has a list of the chapters matching the episode titles from the first season (1983-1984) of the Computer Chronicles listed at making no reference to any episodes prior to 1983.

Also, if you watch the Gary Kildall special episode from 1995 ( Stewart Cheifet’s first sentence is: “This was the very first episode of the Computer Chronicles broadcast back in 1983…” and I found that the episode in question was “Mainframes to Minis to Micros” ( which from the video file (see uploaded image) was recorded on 2/10/83 and from the webpage was broadcasted on 2/12/1984 -> thus from an edition of the series itself we can imply the beginning of the Chronicles to have been in 1983.

Taking the point also that the earliest episode to be hosted on is “Mainframes to Minis to Micros,” it all gets a little confusing! Clarification on this matter would be appreciated and if the series did exist prior to 1983 does anyone have any information they could post or ideally give screenshots etc of any such recorded episodes?


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Poster: arromdee Date: Jan 11, 2012 4:05pm
Forum: computerchronicles Subject: Re: Computer Chronicles Initial Year?

That screenshot does not show a date of 2/10/83. It shows a date of 10/31/83. The webpage not only says 2/12/84 at the top, but claims it was broadcast in September 1983, before it was made by any of these dates.

Moreover, the episode has an earlier record date, though it could have still had a later air date.

This post was modified by arromdee on 2012-01-12 00:05:14

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Poster: setec Date: Apr 28, 2008 12:16am
Forum: computerchronicles Subject: Re: Computer Chronicles Initial Year?

I second this motion.

Are there episodes to place up here from 1981-1983 with the original host?